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Poster: JodyC Date: Mar 15, 2006 7:08am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Mixes for Non-Deadheads

Ease them in with 9/10/91 with Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis. The boys play a little more mainstream in order to capitalize from the abilities of the guest players in my opinion. Sadly, guys like Hornsby and Marsalis add "credibility" for those who perceive the Dead as just a bunch of spaced out hippies. It opens with a 14 minute Shakedown St. that wails and should pull in most non believers who are avid music lovers.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Mar 15, 2006 10:01am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Mixes for Non-Deadheads

"Ease" someone in with 9/10/91?? I dont think this is possible with this one. Too much goin on for a first-timer, i think. Imagine someone listening to H/S/F from this show as an initial exposure to the GD!?!?

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Mar 15, 2006 11:10am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Mixes for Non-Deadheads

yeah I dont think theyre later stuff will appeal to a lot of people right away. I think more people who are into rock music will find the earlier shows more appealing since they sounded more like blues/classic rock

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Poster: guitarman12 Date: Mar 15, 2006 7:46am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Mixes for Non-Deadheads

I know it sounds cliche but 5/8/77 works every time. The Dew alone can melt peoples faces, even Non-Deadheads.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Mar 15, 2006 8:45am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Mixes for Non-Deadheads

My teenaged kids used to have lot of trouble accepting GD live performances despite major exposure while growing up (or perhaps because of).
They were repelled by the indefinite free form rhythms, unpredictable set lists and instrumental events (the very non-characteristics that attracts us deadheads).
Then one day they happened upon the studio version of Terrapin, then shortly thereafter Estimated, Help>Slip>Frank's, Truckin', Touch of Grey...
i shudder to even suggest this, but in their case it seems to have slowly pointed them ever further into the GD phenomenon.

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Mar 16, 2006 12:47am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Mixes for Non-Deadheads

Yeah, unfortunately the studio album songs are the way to go (generally). Remember that the intricate details that us deadheads love so much in concerts are not going to be appreciated by the non-deadhead. Besides, Jerry's often a bit off-key in his singing and the sound for some of the concerts is a little off.

I've been able to get one of my friends (who is a composer) really into jambands. It started with String Cheese Incident, then Garaj Mahal, and then Phish (and others along the way). He still hasn't been sold on the Grateful Dead. He can't stand hearing Jerry's voice on his off nights, and doesn't like the stringy sound you sometimes get from the 70s Dead shows. I have gotten him a little into the early bluesy Dead, and he likes sections from the Truckin' up to Buffalo DVD, but the one thing that has started to grow on him is my Terrapin Station studio album (the only studio album I own). It's a lot cleaner and more appealing to the non-deadhead I guess.

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Poster: guitarman12 Date: Mar 16, 2006 9:39am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Mixes for Non-Deadheads

Very good point. Studio albums are always alot more appealing to Non Deadheads, whether it be based on Jerry's voice or something entirely different. The album American Beauty really stands out in my mind in terms of popularity with everyone, Non Deadheads included. It remains a classic and can easily draw in any unsuspecting listener.

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